Thursday, July 17, 2003
:: New partnership to monitor UK mammals ::A new collaborative project called the Tracking Mammals Partnership, which brings together 23 organisations, has been set up in order to assess + monitor UK mammal populations in a systematic + co-ordinated fashion.
The emphasis will be on sharing information + expertise, organising volunteers, involving + informing the public and providing information about mammals equivalent to the BTO's bird surveys.
This information will be invaluable when making land management + conservation decisions which might impact on mammal populations and will enable the UK to fulfill the requirements of the Habitats + Species Directive and the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Earth-Info.Net is a little disappointed that the press release for this extremely welcome initiative places so much emphasis on the use of volunteers rather than funding the skilled personnel needed to conduct mammal surveys rigorously, efficiently + continuously over many years, and hopes that this will follow in due course once this partnership has become more established.
Posted 11:26 am by Matt Prescott